Yesterday’s Papers: North Coast Fest, Google, “Bed Intruder Song,” ATP 2010

6 Sep

North Coast Music Fest (Sept. 3-5)

  • Bobby Reed of the Chicago Sun-Times: “The possibility of offending delicate sensibilities was of no concern to hip-hop artist Jay Electronica, who reveled in the role of iconoclast. Between his politically-oriented rap segments, he made a joke about a menage a trois and surveyed the crowd to get opinions on whether ‘all women like being choked during sex.’ Later, he asked, ‘Who’s got a blunt that I can smoke right now?’ When a crowd member raised his hand, the rapper jumped off the stage and took a puff from the fan’s cigarette.”

Google To Enter Digital Music Game

  • Daniel Kreps of Rolling Stone: “Apple may have taken aim at Twitter and Facebook by revealing their new music-based social network Ping at a conference earlier this week, but another competitor may be on the horizon: Google could be launching their own digital music service by year’s end, industry sources tell Reuters. Google is considering launching both a music download store and a ‘song locker service’ that would allow users to access their music libraries anywhere, via the internet.”
  • Alex Pham of The Los Angeles Times: “Music companies have all but rolled out the red carpet for Google, believing that the Mountain View, Calif., technology giant can serve as a counterweight against Apple, which controls more than 80% of digital music sales via its iTunes store. Though record companies collect 70% of the revenue generated by iTunes, they have bristled under Apple’s terms, which have in the past limited the prices music companies can charge, among other things.”

“Bed Intruder Song” Continues Assault

  • Jenna Wortham of the New York Times: “The song’s source material could not have been more unlikely: A local TV news report from Huntsville, Ala., about an intruder who climbed into a woman’s bed and tried to assault her.But with some clever editing and the use of software that can turn speech into singing, the Gregory Brothers, a quartet of musicians living in Brooklyn, transformed an animated and angry rant by the victim’s brother into something genuinely catchy. The resulting track, “Bed Intruder Song,” has sold more than 91,000 copies on iTunes, and last week it was at No. 39 on the iTunes singles chart. Its video has been viewed more than 16 million times on YouTube.”

All Tomorrow’s Parties 2010

  • Michael Brodeur of “Only thing better than this blast of Septemberness was watching Jim Jarmusch’s hair shake upon UK-terror-synth duo [Fuck] Buttons triggering their kick drum.”
  • Brodeur: “One of the first acts of the day was one of the day’s finest hours; London’s Sian Alice Group was a wake-up call in at least two ways. The shorthand: If Mazzy Star was a supernova: behold, Sian Alice Group.”
  • Jason Persse of Spinner: “All Tomorrow’s Parties New York returned to Kutsher’s Resort in the Catskill Mountains this weekend, beginning with ‘Don’t Look Back,’ a full day of bands tackling their classic albums from start to finish. Australian swamp-garage godfathers the Scientists made their first-ever U.S. appearance to showcase their seminal self-titled album and Mudhoney raised the old flannel flag, tearing through grunge masterpiece ‘Superfuzz Bigmuff (and Early Singles).'”
  • Kenneth Partridge of Spinner: “Playing a rock show, saving a marriage: It’s all in a day’s work for Kim and Kelley Deal. Late in their set Saturday night at All Tomorrow’s Parties at Kutsher’s Country Club in Monticello, NY, the twin guitarists and Breeders leaders came to the aid of friend Steve Albini, who’d played earlier with his group Shellac. Albini’s performance was gangbusters, and while fans were rightfully psyched he’d made the trip to the Catskills, his wife might have rather he’d stayed in Chicago and celebrated the couple’s first wedding anniversary. In a bid to smooth things over, Kelley called Albini’s wife, Heather, from the stage and prompted the audience to deliver on Steve’s behalf the alt-rock equivalent of a singing telegram.”

Highlights from Stereogum’s “40 Best Best New Bands of 2010”

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
  • DOM
  • Frank (Just Frank)
  • Twin Sister
  • WU LYF

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